Al Tait to be Honored on Founders' Day

Published: March 19, 2007 | Read Time: 1 minutes

During the annual, 2007 Founders' Day celebration, three service awards will be presented to important and active members in the Cedar City community.

The event will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2007 in the Great Hall, on the Southern Utah University campus, and one of this year’s Distinguished Service Award recipients is B. Al Tait.

Tait grew up in Orderville, UT and attended Southern Utah University where he received his Associate’s degree in science. After going on to receive a Bachelors and Masters from other universities in Utah he returned to SUU as a botany professor in 1966. After nine years as a professor, Tait became the chairman of the life science department until 1981. He also fulfilled the role as dean for the college of science in 1986 and maintained that role until 1999 when he retired after 33 years of service to the university.

In addition to Tait’s academic roles, he was also member of the university’s Athletic Council and was part of the statistics crew for football and basketball. Also, he was a noted pruning and plant care consultant and continues to do plant studies for government agencies.

The Hall of Honors awards Tait will receive this year is not the only award to be received from the university. From 1983-84 his students and colleagues honored him as a Distinguished Educator.

Although it is been eight years since Tait retired, he will forever be recognized as making a difference at the university.

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